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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 20995
Last updated: 15 June 2020
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Type:Gloster Meteor F Mk 8
Owner/operator:43 (China-British) Squadron Royal Air Force (43 (China-British) Sqn RAF)
Registration: WH466
C/n / msn: G5/415596
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Leuchars, Fife, Scotland. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:RAF Leuchars, Fife (ADX/EGQL)
Destination airport:RAF Leuchars, Fife (ADX/EGQL)
Gloster Meteor F.Mk.8 WH466: Notified as awaiting collection 22/10/51, delivered to the RAF 24/10/51. RAF Service career was with 222 Squadron and 43 Squadron RAF Leuchars - the latter coded "R" and from 4/4/55.

Written off (damaged beyond repair) 19/4/56: Undercarriage raised in error for flaps on roller landing at RAF Leuchars, Fife. Aircraft sank into the runway, ventral tank exploded on impact. Aircraft landed safely, but not repaired (as 43 Squadron were re-equipping with the Hawker Hunter). WH466 was Struck Off Charge as Cat.5(c) on 19/4/56 and broken up for spares and produce at Leuchars.


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.179 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 51)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.191-192
4. The Fighting Cocks: 43 (Fighter) Squadron By Jimmy Beedle
5. 43 Squadron ORB (Operations Record Book)(Air Ministry Form AM/F.540) for the period 1/1/56 to 31/12/60: File AIR 27/2775/2 at

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Revision history:

12-Jun-2008 13:00 JINX Added
18-Jan-2012 09:57 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport, Source]
18-Jan-2012 09:57 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Source]
15-Jun-2020 01:20 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
15-Jun-2020 01:22 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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